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Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

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First one there: Indiana's Darren Collison stretches for the ball ahead of Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Anthony shakes off boos to help rout Suns

DENVER (AP) Carmelo Anthony won't be leaving the Denver Nuggets anytime soon.

After all, the Miami Heat are coming to town Thursday night and he doesn't want to miss a showdown with LeBron James & Co.

"I'll be here playing against Miami," Anthony said. "Guarantee you that."

Anthony even got the kinks sorted out with his jumper just for the occasion.

The All-Star followed up one of his worst shooting performances with a 28-point effort and Arron Afflalo added a career-high 31 points, helping the Denver Nuggets snap a three-game skid with a 132-98 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Anthony, the subject of trade talks all season, was greeted early by the crowd with a smattering of boos but quickly reversed the mood with his hustle and hanging jumpers.

He understands the crowd's pendulum of emotions, not knowing how to feel about him even after he led the team to the playoffs in each of his first seven seasons. He's not taking it personally.

"People have their right to boo, people have their right to cheer," said Anthony, who added 10 rebounds. "It doesn't bother me as long as I go out there and continue being the player that I am, doing what I do. The boos, I don't worry about that."

Lakers 112, Cavaliers 57

In Los Angeles, the Lakers humiliated the Cavaliers while sending them to their 11th straight loss.

Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum each scored 15 points, while Pau Gasol had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown also scored 13 points for the defending NBA champion Lakers, who led the league's worst team by 32 points at halftime.

Wizards 136, Kings 133 (OT)

In Washington, Nick Young scored a career-high 43 points, Kirk Hinrich had six in overtime and the Wizards survived a last-minute regulation meltdown to get the win.

The Wizards blew a six-point lead in the final 14 seconds of the fourth quarter, and nearly blew a five-point lead in the final half-minute of overtime. They finished the game without starters John Wall and Andray Blatche while earning a split against a fellow last-place team from across the country.

Spurs 107, Timberwolves 96

In Minneapolis, Manu Ginobili had 19 points, including five technical free throws in a 10-second span of the third quarter, and the Spurs beat the Timberwolves.

Richard Jefferson scored 17 and Tony Parker had 12 points and 13 assists for San Antonio.

Kevin Love had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Knicks 100, Trail Blazers 86

In Portland, Amare Stoudemire had 23 points and eight rebounds, Raymond Felton added 17 points and 14 assists, and New York picked up another road win.

Pacers 111, 76ers 103

In Philadelphia, Danny Granger scored 27 points, Darren Collison added 21 points and 13 assists, and Indiana snapped a nine-game road losing streak.

Bucks at Hawks — ppd.



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